Assessing Participant Understanding
It is your responsibility as a researcher to ensure that prospective participants understand the extent of their role in your research. Read through the consent document with them and discuss participation prior to their involvement in your research. During these discussions you should answer questions and ask questions, too. Use open-ended and nondirective questions. Open-ended questions often begin with words such as "what," "where," "how often," "when," and "please describe."
A few of the questions you may want to ask are: